Re: If you were going to learn...

Subject: Re: If you were going to learn...
From: Elna Tymes <Etymes -at- LTS -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 14:00:10 -0800

Bonnie said:

If you were going to learn about database technology, would you:

(a) Learn Microsoft Access?
(b) Take a class?
(c) Read a book?
(d) Give it up because you have to be a "techie" to understand it?<

If those were the only options, I'd choose Access and I'd probably read a book. However my own experience took a different path.

I learned Excel inside out and backwards, because I was writing books about it. In doing so, I also learned about the flat file database aspects of Excel and realized that Excel simply offered a different way to enter database data. That made recognizing what was what in Access a breeze. The jump to relational databases took place because I had to learn Oracle's, and again the grounding in Excel helped a great deal.

These days, I think it's important to learn the differences between a flat file database and a relational database, but I doubt you really need to get as up close and personal with either Excel or Access to do so. A good tutorial-level book would be a must, but so would access to a working copy of a relational database - few things beat hands-on experience.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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